Authenticity of panhandler video questioned

You may have seen a video on the Internet about a man using a credit card reader and a smartphone to panhandle in Roswell.

Some people have called it a hoax.

KOAT-TV has spoken to the person who says he filmed it. He calls it the real deal.

Michael Trujillo says he and his friends gave this man five dollars, and that this man gave them a receipt.

However, Trujillo says he does not have the receipt. The station has emailed his cousin, and he says he doesn’t have it.

As for the man in the video, the station has found him in a tent city behind the mall. He has called all this a hoax, and the people shooting the video gave him the card reader prior to filming.

The police have called it a hoax, too.